Below is the probate of Jacob
Pevehouse. He was the father of Navarro County Texas pioneers David and
John Pevehouse. He was also the father of Sarah Pevehouse, who
married first John McCutcheon Smith, whose daughter Mary, married
Anson Jones and whose son Squire Smith is buried at
Sarah's second husband was the Rev. John Woodruff, one of the first Baptist preachers in Texas. The Rev. Woodruff ordained into
the ministry another Navarro County pioneer, Noah T. Byars.
Others mentioned in the probate
records also came to Navarro County. The children of Catherine
Lesley and Jacob Pevehouse, who was the elder Jacob's youngest
son, were all residents of the
Cross Roads area.
Mary, a daughter of Jacob Pevehouse, married Leo Roark, who was a famous Indian fighter. Leo's father, Eli Roark, was killed by Indians in 1836 near San Antonio, as Leo watched from hiding. Mary's and Leo's son, Sam, lived for a while with David and Malinda Pevehouse
at Cross Roads.
All but the two younger children
mentioned in the probate descended from Jacob and his first wife, Rachel Kellums. The two younger children were from Jacob's
marriage to Hannah Ross. The first wife of David Pevehouse was Cynthia Ross. She and Hannah may have been sisters.
....Don Pevehouse 2/27/2003
Succession of Jacob Pevehouse decd ---
The Republic of Texas
County of Austin
To The Hon. Probate Court in and
for said county your Petitioners David Pevehouse and Hannah Pevehouse would respectfully represent to your Honorable Court
that one Jacob Pevehouse late citizen of this County departed this life intestate on or about the first day of the present
month leaving considerable estates and effects consisting mostly of land, Negroes, Horses, cattle & household furniture.
Therefore, your Petitioners pray Letters of Administration be granted to your petitioners on said Estate with the Benefit of
Inventory at the insuring Term of your Honors Court in manner and form contemplated by law and your petitioners. Hannah
Pevehouse wife of the late decd would further represent that there are two minor children of the said decd to wit Lucinda and
Jacob under the age of puberty without Guardian or any person legally appointed to represent them. In consequence of which
your petitioner Hannah Pevehouse Mother of said minor children Lucinda and Jacob prays that your Honors court grant Letters of
Guardianship to your petitioner at the next insuing Term of said Court. Your Petitioner is ready to give bond and security
according to law, as your petitioner in duty bound will so pray &c.
December 18 A. D. 1840.
Hannah (her mark) Pevehouse
Let the foregoing application be
advertised according to Law.
J. H. Money Ex officio Judge
I will as administratrix of the
Estate of Jacob Pevehouse deceased attend at the next February Term of the Probate Court for the County of Austin and make an
annual Settlement of the affairs of said Estate.
San Felipe February 1, 1842
Hannah Pevehouse, Administratrix
Republic of Texas:
County of Austin: Know all
men by these presents that Hannah Pevehouse, J. H. Catlin & Sherwood Ray are held and firmly bound unto John Pevehouse,
Abraham Pevehouse, David Pevehouse, Preston Pevehouse, Enoch Pevehouse, Polly Pevehouse as administrator of James Pevehouse,
Leo Roark and his wife Mary, John Woodruff and his wife Sarah and the minor heirs of Nelson Pevehouse & the minor heirs of
Catherine Lesly in the sum of one hundred dollars good and lawful money of the Republic of Texas for the payment of which
__________ jointly and severally ourselves, our heirs, Executors and our Administrator firmly by their presents signed with our
names and our seal affixed. Town of San Felipe in the Republic and County aforesaid this 17 day of March one thousand eight
hundred and forty three.
The condition of the above bond
is such that whereas at the late February term of the Probate Court for the County aforesaid, upon the case for partition of
the Estate of Jacob Pevehouse, deceased, the said Hannah Pevehouse appealed from the decision of said Court. Now if the
said Hannah Pevehouse shall prevent such appeal with offers on a failure so to do shall pay such damages as shall be awarded
against her, then the bond is void and of no effect. Otherwise in full force and virtue.
Hannah (her mark) Pevehouse ( Seal)
J. H. Catlin
Sherwood Ray (Seal)
Signed, sealed and delivered in
person of J. H. Money.